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Kilbane, East Clare


The tranquil, rural village of Kilbane is tucked under the Slieve Bearnagh Mountain range, which encompasses many of the East Clare’s best known Walking Trails.

Setting off from Kilbane, the 11.5km Slieve Bearnagh Ramble begins and ends in Kilbane and takes walkers through forestry to the top of Glennagalliagh and Cragnamurragh, as well as taking in views of Lough Avullig and the surrounding East Clare landscape.

Kilbane is located on the East Clare Way, a circular route that takes hikers on a 180-kilometre journey through the Slieve Aughty and Slieve Bearnagh ranges, the rolling hills and valleys of East Clare, and along the banks of the River Shannon and Lough Derg. Taking eight days to complete, the loop connects with the Mid Clare Way.

The village is located a short drive away from the lakeside amenities of Lough Derg, including the purpose-built University of Limerick Sport Adventure Centre (ULAC), also in Twomilegate and the Blue Flag beach at Ballycuggeran. 9 kilometres east of the village is the heritage town of Killaloe, a popular stop-off point for anyone sailing up and down the River Shannon and an ideal launching point for anyone wishing to explore the Lough Derg Blueway by kayak, canoe or Stand-Up Paddle Board.

Kilbane is home to a glamping site where you can enjoy the scenic and serene views of the surrounding countryside. Kilbane Glamping offers visitors a variety of self-contained pods.

Gunnings traditional Irish pub in Kilbane village is open seasonally.